Charch's Week 4 Kicker Rankings


Justin Tucker has enjoyed tremendous success at Heinz Field, where he has made five field goals since 2016, and a total of 93% of his tries in his career. Pittsburgh has been far from a defensive powerhouse this season, but through three weeks they've been extremely difficult on Kickers, allowing a paltry two field goals on three total attempts. That shouldn't surprise us, as the Steelers ranked second in fantasy points allowed to kickers last season, allowing a mere 1.3 field goals per game - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)

The Chiefs high flying offense has hurt Harrison Butker more than it has helped him through three games. Butker has an astounding 16 made extra points made, but has only two field goals attempts. The Broncos have been tough so far, only allowed 1.7 field goals a game this season, and have already forced a pair of misses. Butker played Denver twice a season ago, and found a lot of success, hitting all twelve of his kicks, including seven field goals - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Will Lutz will venture outdoors for the first time this season, against the Giants who were in the bottom ten of fantasy points allowed to kickers a year ago, and are in the bottom ten once again this season. When not playing in a dome, Lutz has been more than fine, making twelve of his last thirteen attempts. Remarkably, Lutz has now made a field goal in 26 straight contests, making him one of the most consistent kicker plays. The Giants have been fairly easy on kickers so far, allowing 2.7 field goals against per game. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)

The Patriots offense has been a major disappointment through the last two weeks, but Stephen Gostkowski has still gathered four field goal attempts during that span. New England now returns home which is excellent news for Gostkowski, where he made 16 field goals in their eight games a year ago. Miami ranked 21st in fantasy points allowed to kickers a season ago, and despite their 3-0 start, still rank in the middle of the pack this season. One worry with Gostkowski is his recent woes, missing three field goals in his last six games - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Mason Crosby is the next kicker to face the "red-hot" Bills, who allowed zero points to Dan Bailey a week ago. Prior to their week 3 victory, Buffalo had much less success against the kicker position, ranking sixth in the league in points allowed. An issue Crosby faces is that the Bills have had a been hit or miss on defensive drives. Already ten times has an opposing offense reached the end zone, but only three times have they let up a field goal attempt. Crosby has now made eleven of his previous twelve field goal tries. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


The Rams offense can't be stopped by anybody so far, and the Vikings, as much hype as they had coming in, clearly have some work to do on defense. Sam Ficken missed his only field goal attempt against the Chargers last week but connected on all four of his extra point tries. With his place in the Rams offense, he's due to be set up for a lot of opportunities to put up points against Minnesota, who has already allowed ten field goals this season - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Matt Bryant is off to a slow start despite Atlanta's propensity for high scoring games. Bryant hasn't missed a field goal but has only had three attempts, which is two lower than he had in any three-game stretch last season. Cincinnati could finally bring some success for Bryant, as they ranked 30th in points allowed to kickers last season, and are in the bottom half once again this season. Opposing kickers made 35 field goals against the Bengals a season ago which ranked second and had an amazing six games with at least three field goals. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Josh Lambo has yet to miss this season, and dating back to 2017, has only missed once in his last 16 games. Unfortunately, the Jaguars don't give him a high volume of chances, as he hasn't had three attempts in a game since week 14 of last year. That might not change with this weeks opponent. The Jets have only allowed three field goals this season, which ranks them fifth in fantasy scoring allowed to kickers. In Lambo's last eight games in Jacksonville, he's been excellent, gathering 2.0 makes per game, with zero failed attempts. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


If Chris Boswell weren't such an established kicker, he'd be on the verge of being cut. Boswell has had four field goal attempts this season, and embarrassingly, has only connected on one of them. A turnaround may not happen against Baltimore, who ranked 13th in fantasy points allowed to kickers last season and are sitting in the top six through week three. Boswell's history against the Ravens provides us with our lone bright spot. In his last two meetings against Baltimore at home, Boswell hasn't missed, making five field goals, and seven extra points. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


The Lions offense looked like it's best self against New England, and our being as friendly as they can be to Matt Prater, giving him an average of three attempts per game this year. Despite playing in a dome, Dallas is as good as it gets against kickers, ranking number one a year ago in fantasy points allowed, and have only allowed four field goals through the first three games this season. Prater missed twice in Detroit's opener but has bounced back with six field goals in their last two games. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Cody Parkey has already hit three field goals multiple times this season but draws a Tampa Bay defense that has been challenging for kickers in 2018. The Buccaneers have let up a total of two field goals so far and currently rank sixth best in points allowed to kickers. On the road, Tampa, is, fortunately, much less scary. In their last nine games dating back to last season, they've allowed a kicker to hit a field goal in all of them, and have given up an average of 1.9 field goals per game. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Jake Elliott has been the most disappointing kicker so far, having just five field goal attempts so far, and even worse, only making three of them. The Eagles offense as a whole has struggled to get going, but as Carson Wentz gets acclimated, their numbers are certain to improve, and hence, Elliott's opportunities. Tennessee gave up a league-high 2.3 field goals a year ago, but have seen improvement under Mike Vrabel, ranking thirteenth in fantasy points allowed to kickers through three games. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Adam Vinatieri has now missed five field goals in his last seven contests but could be in for a big game against a Houston defense that ranks tied for seventh-worst in fantasy points allowed to kickers this season. Vinatieri will certainly benefit from playing at Lucas Oil Stadium, where he didn't miss a field goal or extra point all of last season. The Colts have given Vinatieri a lot of opportunities in their last five games, averaging an eye-popping 2.8 attempts per game. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Ka'imi Fairbairn has already connected on six field goal tries three of which came against the Giants a week ago. The Colts defense he will now be facing a particularly friendly defense, that finished 26th last season in fantasy points allowed to kickers, and ranks 29th through three weeks this year. Indianapolis has let up at least two field goal makes in every game this season, and did so another ten times last year. Fairbairn has made one trip to Indianapolis and knocked all three of his kicks in. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


Dan Bailey hasn't attempted an in-game kick since December. Nevertheless, his place in the Minnesota offense facing the banged-up Rams defense at the right time makes him potentially enticing. Los Angeles finished eighth a year ago and ranks third so far this season but with the losses of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, may not be quite as stingy. The Vikings couldn't move the ball at all against Buffalo and could be without both Riley Reiff and Dalvin Cook on Thursday. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)


The injury to Ricardo Allen makes an already injury-riddled defense even worse. Any kicker surrounded by a halfway decent offense is going to be a great play against the Falcons. Atlanta is still managing to hang around in the top-twelve of fantasy scoring allowed to kickers, but we can be confident that number will decline as the weeks roll on. Randy Bullock missed his one field goal opportunity against Carolina last week, which broke a streak of 10 straight games without a miss - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)